Scam Alert - Local man wants you to avoid a car selling scam

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - It was a close call for couple of people in the Heartland with strangers asking for money and people trying to give it to them. One man wants to warn other people of the potential rip-off.

"I don't have time for it anymore, so my wife said get rid of it," said Joe McLemore.

McLemore has a 1964 Thunderbird, and tried to sell it on Craigslist. He thought he found a buyer, but noticed a few road blocks along the way.

"Never did ask me what the car was about, he said ok I'll mail you a check," said McLemore. "That kind of flew up a flag too because most of the time a 40 year old car someone's going to want to see what's going on with it."

He says the potential buyer asked McLemore to wire money to a shipping company to get the car to the location.

"And I thought, something's wrong here," said McLemore.

He got a check in the mail, but when he called the bank, the manager told him something he feared.

"He said, 'yeah how much do you know about scams' I said well I think I'm trying to be in one," said McLemore.

And he isn't the only person. Kevin Groves works at the Country Mart in Jackson, and says he sees people try to wire money to people they don't know, and fear it's a rip-off. He says one woman said she had won a prize, and had to wire money for shipping.

"They called me up and I told her, you know I'd do a little more investigating on that before I'd send $600 dollars over," said Groves.

And his hunches have been right.

"Sure enough she called back over later and said it was a scam," said Groves.

A rip-off Groves says could happen to almost anyone.

"I don't know if they didn't realize it, or if it was the furthest thing from their mind," said Groves.

Groves says he hopes people can learn a lesson, McLemore says he has.

"To do business in person would probably be better," said McLemore.

"I would just say do all the leg work before you come and fork down $600 or $700 dollars," said Groves.

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